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Traveling With Insulin and Diabetes Supplies

Having type 1 diabetes, or caring for someone who does, doesn't mean putting the brakes on traveling! From family vacations to business trips, a little planning is all that is needed to make a diabetes care routine completely portable. Here are some tips for traveling with diabetes:

Before leaving

  • Visit the diabetes care team and ask for extra prescriptions to replace or get additional medicines while away if necessary. It’s good to take extra syringes (if you use them), insulin pens, needles, meter test strips, and other supplies, as well as a good supply of nonperishable snacks
  • Think about where insulin will be stored. Check the product’s Patient Information for storage instructions. In general, extreme heat or cold are bad for insulin and could make it unusable 
  • Don’t forget to bring the “I have diabetes” ID for yourself or your loved one 
  • See the health care provider before going on any trip planned to last more than a few days to make sure that your (or your loved one’s) diabetes is well controlled

While traveling

  • When flying, always carry diabetes medicines, insulin, and testing supplies with you. DO NOT check them with luggage where they could get lost or exposed to temperatures that are too hot or too cold 
  • Ask the diabetes care team for help with adjusting the diabetes treatment plan to different time zones and other travel-related changes
  • If you (or your loved one) use a vial and syringe and travel often, you may want to ask the diabetes care team whether a prefilled disposable insulin pen could help 
  • Never leave insulin where it may get too hot or too cold. Always keep it in a cool and dry place. Check the storage recommendations on the insulin label for more information
  • Check blood sugar often. A change in schedule may mean changes in the usual blood sugar patterns

Get more information about traveling safely with diabetes. 

Download this helpful travel fact sheet.


When traveling with insulin by plane:

  • Arrive at the airport 2 to 3 hours before your flight 
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recommends that people carry medication (such as insulin and supplies) and medical devices (such as meters) in the original packaging with the original prescription labels whenever possible 
  • Let airport security know that you or your loved one has diabetes and tell them if you are carrying supplies or wearing an insulin pump. Allow for extra time to get through security 
  • According to the TSA, if a passenger uses an insulin pump, he or she can be screened without disconnecting from the pump. However, it is important for the passenger to inform the officer conducting the screening about the pump before the screening process begins 
  • Carry snacks and buy meals for the flight since many airlines do not serve meals anymore 
  • The TSA has specific advice for travelers with diabetes. Before you head to the airport, be sure to review the TSA website at for any travel updates

Giving Kids Insulin

Getting your youngster with type 1 diabetes started on insulin can make any parent or caregiver nervous, but it gets easier once you get the basics down.

Need Help Keeping Track?

Find a simple, easy-to-use Log Sheet specifically designed to help you keep track of your child’s blood sugar.

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